Eastern Switzerland

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  • 1. Ebenalp

    The northernmost peak of the Appenzeller Alps, the 5,380-foot Ebenalp is accessible via cable car from Wasserrauen, 7 km (4 miles) south of Appenzell. At...Read More

  • 2. Kathedrale

    The cathedral is an impressive sight. Begun in 1755 and completed in 1766, it is the antithesis of the decadent Abbey Library nearby, although the...Read More

  • 3. Mt. Säntis

    For a pleasurable high-altitude excursion out of Appenzell southwest to the hamlet of Schwägalp, you can ride a cable car that departs every 30 minutes...Read More

  • 4. Münster zu Allerheiligen

    This beautiful cathedral, along with its cloister and grounds, dominates the lower city. Founded in 1049, the original cathedral was dedicated in 1064, and the...Read More

  • 5. Napoleon Museum Thurgau

    In the village of Salenstein, the Napoleon Museum is housed in a magnificent villa given to the municipality by Empress Eugénie of France in homage...Read More

  • 6. Rheinfall

    The Rheinfall is 492 feet wide, drops some 75 feet in a series of three dramatic leaps, and is split at the center by a...Read More

  • 7. Stiftsbibliothek

    Although the abbey was largely destroyed in the Reformation and closed down altogether in 1805, its library, built between 1758 and 1767, still holds a...Read More

  • 8. Altstadt

    The grounds of the abbey and the cathedral border the Altstadt, which demonstrates a healthy symbiosis between scrupulously preserved Renaissance and baroque architecture and a...Read More

  • 9. Amden

    Six kilometers (4 miles) north of Weesen on a winding mountain road lies Amden, perched 3,116 feet above the Walensee in the relatively undiscovered region...Read More

  • 10. Appenzeller Volkskunde Museum

    This museum displays local arts and crafts, regional costumes, and hand-painted furniture....Read More

  • 11. Arbon

    Between Romanshorn and Rorschach on Highway 13, Arbon sits on a little promontory jutting out into the Bodensee, surrounded by lovely meadows and orchards. It...Read More

  • 12. Arbon

    With a gravel beach, Strandbad Buchhorn in Arbon makes getting into the water a little rough on tender feet; the nearby swimming pool is much...Read More

  • 13. Brauquöll Appenzell Visitor Center

    The locally brewed Appenzeller Quöllfrisch—just one of the high-quality beers made by Appenzell's family-owned Brauerei Locher—is an iconic drink in an old-fashioned flip-top bottle and...Read More

  • 14. Drei Weieren

    Atop Freudenberg Hill you'll find Drei Weieren, a relaxing park and swimming area with several refreshing ponds. Swimming is free at the largest pond and...Read More

  • 15. Fronwagplatz

    Lined with shops and cafés, this square is a favorite place for young people to stroll, especially in the evening. A large 16th-century fountain-statue of...Read More

  • 16. Gerberstube

    A pair of lions frames the doorway of the remarkable baroque building, which is the former drinking spot of the Tanners' Guild. A two-handled tanner's...Read More

  • 17. Haus zum Ritter

    The city's finest mansion dates from 1492. Its fresco facade was commissioned by the resident knight, Hans von Waldkirch. Tobias Stimmer covered all three stories...Read More

  • 18. Hohenklingen

    Directly above the town stands the 12th-century hilltop castle of Hohenklingen, which offers broad views of the Rhine Valley and the lake beyond. If you...Read More

  • 19. Kloster St. Georgen

    The Benedictine Kloster St. Georgen, a half-timber structure built in 1007, houses a cloister and a small museum devoted to examples of woodwork and local...Read More

  • 20. Kreuzlingen

    This beach has some sand at the water's edge, though you'll be spreading your towel on the grass. If you don't want to swim in...Read More

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